Vettori aims to end on high
Daniel Vettori says New Zealand are determined to end their tour of England by clnching the NatWest Series.
Last Updated: 27/06/08 5:15pm
Daniel Vettori has underlined the determination of New Zealand's squad to end their tour of England on a high with victory in Saturday's NatWest Series finale.
The Black Caps head to Lord's with a 2-1 lead having finally found some form with back-to-back wins at Bristol and the Oval.
Those successes came as welcome relief for Vettori's men after a difficult tour that has featured a 2-0 Test series defeat and a heavy loss in the one-off Twenty20 international.
"The chance of winning the series 3-1 is what we've pushed really hard for after losing the first game up at Durham " said Vettori.
"It was a really tough start to the tour but, if we finish strongly, we'll be remembered for bouncing back as opposed to some of our more disappointing performances.
"When things aren't going well, it is a balancing act of whether you are hard on them, because some of our performances have been really disappointing, but also trying to keep the morale up.
"We have talked long and hard, been tough on the guys and also positive about where we can go and what we can be as a team.
"When you perform like we have in the last two or three games, then guys start believing we are a good side.
"There has been a lot of talking. We've put it back on to individuals to lift their performances. We've talked about us as a team collectively and there has been a good response.
"Now we hope we can finish the job in terms of this series."
Vettori believes New Zealand have shown they can still be match winners without a sizeable contribution from big-hitting opener Brendon McCullum.
"I know there's a belief that, as soon as Brendon gets out, it makes it tough for us," he added.
"But I think we showed at the Oval that we do have quality players all throughout our batting order and that we don't rely on Brendon or one or two individuals."
Vettori is also confident any lingering ill-feeling stemming from the Ryan Sidebottom-Grant Elliott run-out incident at the Oval will be forgotten.
Paul Collingwood was cast as the villain for upholding his England's appeal, although he defused the simmering tension between the two sets of players by admitting his mistake straight after the match.
England will be led by Kevin Pietersen at Lord's as Collingwood was subsequently handed a four-match one-day international ban for a slow over-rate, the severity of the punishment a reflection of his second offence in the last 12 months.
"We'll go to Lord's confident and both teams will be in the right frame of mind," added Vettori.
"Obviously, it won't be put to bed but at least we'll be able to move into the next game in the right spirit."